101 Things to do in Edinburgh

This started off as a bucket list, a basic list of things to do in Edinburgh, However as it grew I changed it to 101 things to do in Edinburgh.   There will be  some nonsense on this list, aye. perhaps I have repeated somethings, let me know add stuff to the comments.  so here we are:
‘101 Things to do in Edinburgh’ 

          1. Hike up Arthurs seat – there are several routes to the summit
          2. Feed the swans at dunsapie loch
          3. In Fact hike to the top of all seven hills in Edinburgh, Braid Hills; Blackford Hills; Craiglockart Hill; Corstorphine Hill; Calton Hill; Pentland Hills and of Course Arthurs Seat.
          4. Walk Through Hollyrood Park
          5. Edinburgh Festival hardcore – three/four shows a day
          6. Edinburgh Festival late night  show 1am – 5am (with drinks after)
          7. Camera Obscura World of illusions
          8. Edinburgh Festival Tatoo
          9. Edinburgh Festival Fireworks concert
          10. Eat A deep Fried mars bar
          11. Walk Through Princes Street Gardens
          12. have a chippie with the proper Edinburgh chippie sauce
          13. Eat at one of our Michelin star restaurants
          14. Play a game of Skittles at the Sheep’s heid pub (the oldest in Scotland c1360)
          15. Ghost Tours. Mercat Tours
          16. City of the Dead Tour
          17. Underground Blair Street Vaults
          18. Mary King’s Close
          19. Get Up to the crown of St Giles’ Cathedral
          20. See the hand carved passage ways at Gilmerton Cove
          21. Spit on Heart of Midlothian (old toll booth)
          22. Watch an Edinburgh Derby game
          23. Visit Edinburgh Castle
          24. Remember the National War museum is at the castle.
          25. See the One O’clock gun be fired
          26. Palace Of Hollyroodhouse
          27. Visit Lauriston Castle
          28. Visit Craigmillar Castle
          29. Visit the Scottish Parliament
          30. John Knox House
          31. An Ice Cream & Beer on Portobello Beach
          32. Head out to Crammon Island (be careful with the tide Times)
          33. Crammond Beach
          34. Boat trip to Inchcolm Island
          35. Edinburgh Zoo Penguin Parade
          36. Stockbridge Sunday farmers market.
          37. Ride the big Christmas wheel
          38. Ice skate Christmas wonderland
          39. Hogmanay Street Party.
          40. Royal Botanical Gardens
          41. Don’t Rub greyfriars bobby nose
          42. Wander through Greyfriars kirkyard
          43. If you must Rub a statue – David Hume’s Toe
          44. Catch a premier at the International Film Festival
          45. Royal highland show
          46. Yaught Britannia
          47. See Rosslyn Chapel
          48. Edinburgh Zoo – See the Penguin Parade
          49. Pet a pig at Gorgie Farm
          50. Ride a tram
          51. Our Dynamic Earth

        1. Cameo cinema late night double bill
        2. Dominian cinema – film of a sofa!
        3. National Museum of Scotland
        4. International Book Festival
        5. Museum of Childhood
        6. Museum of Edinburgh
        7. Museum of Flight
        8. Writers Museum
        9. Walk through the Meadows
        10. Walk Through Inverleith park
        11. Walk Through Figgatte park
        12. Scale the Scott Monument (287 steps)
        13. Scale Nelsons Monument (143 steps)
        14. Scottish National Galleries
        15. Scottish National Portrait Gallery
        16.  The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
        17. Sample some whisky at the scotch whisky experience
        18. A walk down the water of Leith walkway
        19. Visit Gladstone’s land – oldest 17th century tenement building
        20. The Writers Museum
        21. Look through a telescope at the Observatory
        22. Beltane fire festival
        23. Samhuinn Fire Festival
        24. Hogmanay Torchlight Procession
        25. Walk Down the colorful Victoria Street
        26. Drinks at the Grass market.
        27. Helicopter Scenic Tour
        28. Boat tours under The Forth Bridges
        29. Stadium Tours (Murrayfeild, Tynecastle and Easter Road)
        30. Catch a film at the Brass Monkey – Big Sofas and beer – nuf saif!
        31. See some anatomy at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum
        32. Canongate Kirkyard – Adam smith burred here
        33. Go to the Farmers Market, Castle Street every Saturday
        34. The Museum on the Mound – see £1,000,000 in front of you
        35. visit the City Art Center
        36. Climb a wall at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena – the largest indoor climbing wall in the world
        37. Mibee there is something on at the Royal Scottish Academy
        38. Didn’t know  this existed until today – Georgian House on Charlotte Square
        39. Look at contemporary art at Fruitmarket Gallery
        40. Beltane Fire Festival, once a year – the evening before 1 May
        41. Samhuinn Fire Festival, Once a year – usually the last day of Autumn
        42. Torchlight procession, Once a year 30th December
        43. Winter wonderland, attractions and different markets
        44. Edinburgh Dungeon
        45. Check out the quirky Morningside Wild West
        46. Many closes of the Royal Mile, check the picturesque Whitehorse close
        47. Find the hidden Garden off the Royal Mile – Dunbar Close Garden
        48. Spend some time at Leith Shore
        49. Like Harry Potter? go to Elephant House Cafe
        50. The People’s Story Museum

So there you go 101 Things to do in Edinburgh!  – I’ve probably left out some good stuff, can we expand this list – any suggestions, edits mention in the comments.

Archaeologists uncovered a Historic graveyard

Archaeologists uncovered a Historic graveyard, an article from medievalists.net
Here is an article from July 25 2014.

Five years ago, archaeologists uncovered a graveyard dating back to the Middle Ages in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. Now a research project to analyze almost 400 people who were buried there has revealed new insights into their lives and even how they might have looked like.

… It Continues

Amongst the reconstructions was that of a boy, aged between 13 and 17, who was thought to have lived around Leith and Edinburgh and to have died in the late 14th or early 15th century, an adult male aged 25 to 35 who lived in the mid 16th to 17th century and a woman also aged between 25 and 35, who died in the late 14th and early 15th century.

Read the full thing at medievalists.net

Edinburgh Christmas

Edinburgh Winter wonderland attractions is now open

Ice Skating in St. Andrews Square as well as Princes Street Gardens this year, a wee bar at the bottom on the Melville Monument.

Edinburgh Christmas

Edinburgh Christmas

Edinburgh Christmas

Edinburgh Christmas

The Big ferris wheel is back as usual, the sky Flyer has a new home

Edinburgh Christmas

Edinburgh Christmas

The German Christmas market is back again.

German Market - Treats

German Market – Treats

Edinburgh’s Other Castles

We all are aware the Edinburgh castle is our city’s most popular tourist attraction; the massive medieval fortress sitting atop of a volcanic rock is impressive to say the least.  However Edinburgh has more than just one castle.  here are Edinburgh’s Other Castles

Lauriston Castle

2 Cramond Road South, Davidson’s Mains, Edinburgh EH4 6AD.
Head out towards crammond and you can find Lauriston Castle; this is a 16th century tower house with 19th century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, with some cracking views.  You can access the castle via guided tours.  Within the grounds is a very nice Japanese garden, this is the Edinburgh-Kyoto Friendship Garden, opened in 2002 to celebrate the twinning with Kyoto Prefecture.

Lauriston Castle

Lauriston Castle

Edinburgh Museums and Galleries link

Craigmillar castle

Craigmillar Castle Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4SY
Lets be honest, lauriston Castle doesn’t really look like a castle at all, where as Craigmillar looks like a classic.   The old medieval ruins of this 14th century castle is how many in-vision a castle to be, Craigmillar is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland, it’s tower house is one of the oldest in Scotland, from where you can get some stunning panoramic views of the city.  This castle is about 3 miles southeast of the city center.

Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle

Historic Scotland Link

Attractions on the Royal Mile

Tourist Attractions on the Royal Mile Edinburgh, this mile long street has numerous attractions, not just for tourists.   Starting on Castlehill (West End)  I will go down the Royal Mile (High Street) through the lawn market ending up on the on the other end at the Cannongae (East End) pointing out what I think may or may not be worth a visit.  I do realize that this has been done many times, but here is my take…  Not included pricing, that changes all to often, but web links are there.

1) Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

The Castle, built atop of a volcanic rock this dominates the Edinburgh skyline and probably the first place to visit for many tourists.  A wee bit pricy around £16 for an adult, but certainly worth a visit.  It’s Home to Edinburgh’s oldest building ‘St Margaret’s Chapel’ this was built in the 12th century, Mongs Meg a huge 17th Century siege cannon, the National war museum.

2) Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
549 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2ND

This is a brilliant quirky thing to see, about 150 years old, inside the Victorian rooftop you get to see moving images of around the city through a periscope, even flip and move people around.  on your way up you will see many things that will play with your mind.  Oh its also worth mentioning that this is that they claim to be Edinburgh’s oldest attraction

3) The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

You can’t come to Scotland without trying some of our fine Whisky’s, learn how its made, participate in some tasting and smell the aromas.  Remember though in Scotland its Whisky not Whiskey

4) The Hub
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Hub is a central source of information on all the Edinburgh Festivals. Its Gothic spire one of the highest point in central Edinburgh

5) Gladstone’s Land
477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2NT

Easy to miss, this is a building with historic significance a 17th century high-tenement house.   Edinburgh used to be so crammed together in the old town with this style of building.

6) Heart of Midlothian
367-377 High St, Edinburgh

This heart-shaped mosaic, formed in coloured granite setts is built into the pavement just outside St Giles’ Cathedral marks the spot of the 15th-century Old Tolbooth, this was the main municipal building in the city of Edinburgh for more than 400 years.  This Tolbooth was also the Edinburgh’s main gaol where public execution and torture were conducted.

7) St Giles’ Cathedral
High St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1RE

St Giles’ Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh.

8) Mercat Cross
Parliament Square next to St Giles Kirk.

Not the original location of the Mercat cross, original a little further down, demolished 1756, rebuilt in this location around 1880.  The Mercat cross was a place for important civic announcements, punishment and sometimes executions.

9) Tron Kirk
9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

The Tron Kirk is a former parish church, It is a well-known landmark on the Royal Mile. It was built in the 17th.

10) Museum Of Childhood
42 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TG

This is a nice place, take some time and look around some old children’s toys, perhaps experience some nostalgia.  Surprising quite a lot to look at spanning several floors



11) John Knox House
43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

This is an historic house reputed to have been owned, lived in by Protestant reformer John Knox during the 16th century

12) Cannongate kirk
153 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8BN

The Kirk of the Canongate, or Canongate Kirk, serves the Parish of Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town,

13) Museum Of Edinburgh
142-146 Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH8 8DD

The Museum of Edinburgh, is a museum housing a collection relating to the town’s origins, history and legends

14) Scottish Parliament Building
Edinburgh EH99 1SP, United Kingdom

This is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood,  Construction of the building commenced in June 1999 formal opening took place on 9 October 2004.  it is open to visitors Monday to Saturday and is free of charge to visit

15) Holyrood Palace
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX

Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.  Disappointingly photographs inside are not permitted


Edinburgh named 3rd most welcoming city in the world

From the EEN

THE Capital traditionally lags “smiles” behind Glasgow in the friendliness stakes – but not any more.

Tourist bible Conde Nast Traveller has named Edinburgh as the third most welcoming city in the world – while Scotland’s largest metropolis failed to make the cut.

Based on more than a million votes cast by nearly 77,000 readers, the magazine’s ranking scored cities on a five-point scale – running from excellent to poor – and across criteria including location, political perception, size and language barriers.

Edinburgh has emerged with top marks, trailing only the Irish city of Cork and Asheville in the US state of North Carolina.

And contrary to the long-held belief that they are more reserved and distant than counterparts elsewhere, locals here were described as “extremely friendly” in the prestigious guide.

Full Article here

Welcoming unless you rub Greyfriars Bobby… then, well we may yell at you. ;-)